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Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Continued erosion at Dawlish Warren means visitors are reminded to take extra care when visiting. Access along the site, to and from the bird hide and Warren Point, is via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding


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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sunday 21st January 2018


The adult Bonaparte's Gull was off Shelly Beach @1430. Also a fw Glaucous Gull on Bull Hill and a Great Northern Diver off there. The Long-tailed Duck was viewed from the Quay (off Warren Pt). Off Maer Rocks - 3 immature drake Eider still, along with 13+ Common Scoter. Six Goldeneye off Mudbank and yesterday - c30/40+ Brambling - Sowden Lane and at least 1 Firecrest still behind the cricket club. Photos and further sightings on

Posted January 21st, 2018 at 4:24 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Firecrests still present in Dawlish Warren

At least 2 Firecrests still present in gardens of Millin Way, Dawlish Warren. (Don't park in Millin Way as many residents get irate, use the beach carpark at Dawlish Warren).

The images featured were photographed from my house today (21 January)

A Further Firecrest has been showing very well this morning at dead dolphin wood, Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve.

Firecrest in Garden Millin Way Firecrest in Garden Millin Way Firecrest in Garden Millin Way
Firecrest in Garden Millin Way

Posted January 21st, 2018 at 2:11 pm by Carole Leigh in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 20th January 2018

Berry Head

The Iceland Gull showed very well off the top of the headland this afternoon - apparently it was present there all day. Can't make my mind up on age a pale juv/1w with strongly marked two tone bill - or well marked and dark eyed 2w?

Iceland Gull BH 200118ML 1 Iceland Gull BH 200118ML 2

Iceland Gull BH 200118ML 3 

Posted January 20th, 2018 at 5:05 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 19th January 2018

Brixham/Berry Head

The Iceland Gull was again off Berry Head this afternoon and followed a trawler toward Brixham before turning back toward the headland. Never close, this pale pale bird appeared to have an pretty much all dark bill which would make it a juv, but while it was settled on the water the bill appeared to have a more extensive pale base so it might well be a 2w, better too for plumage. 1 hybrid Herring x Lesser Black-backed Gull on rocks at Berry Head too. 

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Posted January 19th, 2018 at 7:10 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 17th January 2018


On the sea: 1 Black-throated Diver, 3 Red-throated Divers, 15 Great Northern Divers, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 35 Cormorants, 40+ Shags, 200 + Auks

1 Firecrest in the masrh between the car parks, 1 Chiffchaff and 2 Goldcrest. 

33 Cirl Buntings, 3 Reed Buntings on seed in the 2nd car park.

Posted January 17th, 2018 at 9:38 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 15th January 2018

Slapton Ley.

A SLAVONIAN Grebe at Torcross. A typical cleanly marked individual, but confusingly in the same location as the 2 Black. Necks that have been present ,on and off for at least a fortnight.

Posted January 15th, 2018 at 1:52 pm by Alan K. Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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